1st Edition

Feeling the Words
Neuropsychoanalytic Understanding of Memory and the Unconscious





ISBN 9780415390972
Published May 8, 2007 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

How are the implicit memory and the unrepressed unconscious related?

Feeling the Words incorporates a thorough review of essential psychoanalytic concepts, a clear critical history of analytical ideas and an assessment of the contribution neuroscience has to offer.

Mauro Mancia uses numerous detailed clinical examples to demonstrate how insights from neuroscience and infant development research can change how the analyst responds to his or her patient. Major topics such as the transference, the Oedipus complex, the interpretation of dreams and the nature of mental pain are reviewed and refined in the light of these recent developments. The book is divided into three parts, covering:

  • Memory and the unconscious
  • The dream: between neuroscience and psychoanalysis
  • Further reflections on narcissism and other clinical topics

Feeling the Words offers an original perspective on the connection between memory and the unconscious. It will be welcomed by all psychoanalysts interested in investigating new ways of working with patients.

Table of Contents

Cooper, Foreword. Introduction: Beyond Freud: The Twilight of Oedipus and the Neurosciences’ Contribution to Psychoanalysis. Part I: Memory and the Unconscious. Memory Between Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis. Implicit Memory and Unrepressed Unconscious: Their Role in Creativity, in the Transference and in Dreams. Therapeutic (F)actors in the Theater of Memory. Part II: The Dream: Between Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis. The Labyrinth of the Night: Biology, Poetry and Theology. The Dream: Between Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis. The Dream: A Window Onto the Transference. Part III: Further Reflections on Narcissism and Other Clinical Topics. Further Historical/Critical and Clinical Reflections on Narcissism. Being with the Patient: Four Clinical Cases. Reality and Metaphor in the Analytical Relation: Transference Love. Sexuality, Such Sweet Folly. On Happiness. On Mental Pain.

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Biography

Mauro Mancia is Professor Emeritus of Neurophysiology, University of Milan, Italy and Training Analyst of the Italian Psychoanalytical Society.  His interest is in the link between neuroscientific knowledge and psychoanalytic theories of mind and he has written extensively on the subjects of narcissism, dreams, sleep, memory and the unconscious.

Reviews

This book is notable for being stimulating and comprehensible to both the experienced psychoanalyst clinician as well as to anyone with an interest in the work of Freud and his followers, and the state of psychoanalytic research today.

Arnold Cooper, from the Foreword